In the late sixties, a group of Mennonite families living in the Puget Sound area began gathering in living rooms for worship, and to talk about starting a church. In 1968, with the assistance of a grant from the Pacific District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite church, a wood frame community center near Angle Lake in South Seattle was purchased and the South Seattle Mennonite Church was born. The first pastor was Milton Harder, and an early goal of the group was to establish a Mennonite Voluntary Service unit. This goal was accomplished in 1970, with many of the first MVS’ers working at Seattle Mental Health Institute. We celebrated our 50-year Jubilee anniversary in 2018 with a 50 quilt donation to MCC and a celebration weekend in November. Over our 50 years we have met in 4 different church buildings, had more than a dozen pastors, welcomed MVS’ers galore, and experienced an abundance of faithful relationships. God is good and we are grateful.
MCUSA is one of about 40 different Mennonite groups in the United States. While we share a common faith ancestry with these groups, we may vary in the way we dress, worship and relate to the world.